Millener was quick to dismiss any criticism of his driver and had only words of encouragement ahead of Finland, a place where Breen has finished on the podium twice.

When asked if the pressure is mounting on Breen, Millener told DirtFish: “I would look at it from the other side and think the pressure is mounting in terms of him wanting to focus on getting a good position in the championship, good solid points in the rally. He has now dropped to sixth in the championship and we are gradually falling behind – not necessarily through any fault of his own.

“Personally, I’m going to look now so we throw caution to the wind and just get on with it. Going lower than sixth is only worse, so let’s just try and see where we can get. All we can do now is a bonus.”

Is the policy of caution a broader policy? Will M-Sport consider prioritizing performance over reliability? Will it be, for example, one spare wheel for the duration of Rally Finland?

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